Things to consider before you hire a Skip

There are certain things that should be taken in to consideration when booking a skip, so we’ve come up with a tick list for you to go through before you make your final decision…


What waste am I putting in the skip?

The waste you have to remove from site / your home will influence your decision on what size skip to hire. It will also influence the price of your skip, so if you have a large amount of one type of waste ie. Muck, Rubble, Green Waste etc. it’s worth telling your skip hire provider as they may be able to quote you a reduced rate for ease of disposal. Bulky waste such as unbroken furniture/doors etc may also need a bigger skip to be able to accommodate the waste.

How much waste do I have to dispose of?

The skip size you choose will depend on how much waste you have produced and need to dispose of. Our skip size guide will help you determine how many bin bags of waste would fit in to each skip to help you make your decision.

Do I have any access restrictions?

It’s best to check the height and width of the delivery vehicle with your skip hire provider before booking your skip if you feel there may be any restrictions ie. Narrow driveway, overhead cables, raised kerbs etc. as we may need to deliver on a smaller lorry or advise of alternative options for your skip hire such as a wait & load or placing the skip on the road with a permit.

Will I need a road permit?

If the skip does need to go on the road for any reason – for example if you don’t have a driveway or you’re working in a busy high street, we would need to apply for a permit from the local council in order to allow us to be able to site the skip on the road without both of us being fined. We can arrange this for you as well as supplying lights and in some cases, cones to put around the skip to improve visibility.

How long will I need the skip for?

We normally supply skips for anything up to 14 days but if you think you’ll need your skip longer then please let us know when you book as we may be able to extend this for you for no further charges. In some cases though, we may need to charge rental on the skip if it stays out longer than the 14 day period. Alternatively, you may only need it for a day – ask us for a same day delivery and collection if this is the case.

Where will my waste be going?

If your rubbish is found fly-tipped or dumped in a unregistered landfill site, you would be held responsible for it and face hefty fines from the council. We only use depots across the UK that have been compliance checked by ourselves where we will ensure they have a waste carriers license, the relevant insurances and site permits in place so you can be assured your waste is being dealt with in the correct manner.


Contact our friendly, knowledgeable staff to discuss your skip hire requirements further and for advice on the best skip to suit your needs, on 01763 252080.


What can I not put in my Skip?


We thought we’d save you the trouble of frantically googling mid-clear out and supply you with a basic list of what NOT to put in your skip.

If any of the items below are found in the skip there may be some charges that come with the disposal – this is because some of them are classed as hazardous or can’t be recycled as efficiently, if at all, so they would need to be disposed of in a different way to usual or go to landfill – both of which are more costly.

To prevent any of this happening we simply ask you to dispose of them separately – either by taking them to your local recycling centre, advertising them for sale/give away or giving the environmental agency a call for advice on what to do with them.

Please don’t put the following in your General Waste skip, or check with us before you do so we can tell you whether there will be any extra charges…

Large electrical Items including Televisions, Computer Monitors or Fridge Freezers

Paint tins containing residue (they MUST be washed out and completely free of paint)




Fluorescent Tubing

Oil or Oil Containers


Gas Canisters & Bottles



Clinical or Medical Waste including Syringes


Carpet & Carpet Tiles

If you are unsure about anything at all, you can give us a call on 01763 252080 for advice.

How can I reduce plastic waste?

Plastic is absolutely everywhere nowadays – it’s used to package our food, toiletries, hygiene products, post, drinks. You name it, it’ll be wrapped in plastic. Our cars, phones, computers, kid’s toys are made of it and it’s hard to get away from it. We are so used to using it for everything and it’s convenience that it’s difficult to get out of the habit, but with Plastic being one of the most difficult materials to recycle, we need to become more aware of the ways that we can reduce our own plastic waste and find alternatives to help our households and workplaces become more environmentally friendly.

We’ve compiled a list of things that you can do to reduce your plastic waste…

  1. Stop using plastic disposable cutlery – Carry your own re-usable cutlery with you in your handbag / pocket, so that you have it for any last minute eat out / takeaway decisions.
  2.  Pack your lunch responsibly – use foil or bags that can be re-used instead of clingfilm, you can also get Beeswax wraps now (even better), Buy the bigger pots of yoghurt and use a re-usable food container to put a portion in instead of using lots of little pots, buy and chop up fresh fruit and seal it in a re-usable container instead of buying the already prepared single use plastic pots from the supermarkets (you’ll save a lot of money this way too).
  3. Buy a re-usable water bottle that you can fill yourself instead of bulk buying lots of bottles from the supermarket. If you don’t like drinking tap water you can try a filtration bottle that filters the water as you go. With water bottles accounting for around 1.5 million tonnes of plastic waste per year and 80% of it having to go to landfill, this will be sure to make a difference.
  4. Don’t stop at water… Make your own coffee in a re-usable travel mug in the morning before you leave for work instead of grabbing a plastic cup from a coffee shop. Or if you like the luxury of a coffee that someone else has made, take your travel mug with you for them to put it in – a lot of well known chains now offer you a discount too for using your own cup.
  5. Avoid buying pre-packaged fruit and vegetables and buy loose. It’s often much cheaper this way too. Some supermarkets have switched from plastic to cardboard and wooden packaging for their fruit and veg but there’s still a long way to go. Why not even try out your local farm shop, greengrocer or organic veg box delivery?
  6. An obvious one – re-use your carrier bags when you’re doing your shopping. Always keep a couple in your bag or the car so you always have them there. Better still – why not use a wooden crate or a cardboard box to carry your groceries in.
  7. Buy your bread fresh from the local bakery, or the fresh bakery section of the supermarket. These often come wrapped in a paper bag or no bag instead of plastic, they’re much tastier and often a lot cheaper than pre-sliced loaves AND you’re saving them using all that plastic packaging by doing so.
  8. Use the Milkman like the good old days and swap plastic milk bottles for re-usable glass bottles. With the average household using 480 plastic bottles per year and only 44% of those being put in the recycling bins in the correct way, switching to glass bottles will make all the difference in improving this statistic.



We deal with all sorts

Do you have skips in your yard or use them to dispose of waste on a construction site??

Or are you just having a Spring clean and need one for your driveway for you to throw all the rubbish in that you’re clearing out??

We deal with both Commercial AND Residential Waste and can accept both account and cash customers who want to pay by card.

Give us a call on 01763 252080 for prices, advice and to place an order. Alternatively, pop your postcode in this website and get an instant quote online.


Why use SkipUK??

As a customer, you have so many options when it comes to waste disposal and choosing who to use to come and collect your rubbish and take it away safely and quickly, without having to pay over the odds for it.

We like to help you with all of that here at Skip UK and here’s what we’ve come up with in the office to try to convince you as to why you should use us, and no-one else 😉


  • We’re super friendly on the phone and you won’t just get a grumpy call centre worker answering your call – we believe customer service is very important and we genuinely want to help you!
  • You won’t have to spend time calling around – We have 100’s of depots right across the UK that we have a great working relationship with so that we can provide you with the speediest service and best prices that we can.
  • When disposing of any waste it is YOUR responsibility to ensure they are compliant waste carriers to avoid hefty fines from the council and fly-tipping. As a company, we compliance-check all of our depots thoroughly and regularly to ensure that they are all up to date with all licences and regulations required to dispose of your waste correctly and safely in the most environmentally friendly way, so that you don’t have to.
  • Our skip hire staff have over 50 years experience in the industry between them, so we know what we’re doing when it comes to waste and we can help you to choose the best size skip, what you can and can’t put in there, and everything else you need to know to complete the job in hand the most cost effective way.
  • We can supply waste reports so that you can see exactly what came back in your skip.
  • Open an account with us and you can use our sister company The Hire Network to hire plant, tools and access equipment too, which means ease of payment and we can supply you with everything you need on site all from one place!
  • We make regular calls to check the status of delivery and collections so that we can keep you updated on the progress of your order should we need to.


So, why not give us a go next time you need a skip and see how we compare to your usual skip hire company?